June 30, 2011 5 Comments
Today while browsing youtube, I stumbled on this interview of the ‘Ameer’ (leader) of Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan.
The interviewer questioned Mr. Munawwar Hasan in regards to his party’s opposition towards the ‘Women protection bill’. Prior to this bill, justice towards women (especially the rape cases) came under the jurisdiction of the infamous Hudood Ordinance. Here is how it worked, it required the victim of rape crimes to produce four witnesses if she claimed to have been raped by someone. If the victim was unable to produce the said number of witnesses, she was to stand trial for adultery, while the criminal roamed freely.
The interviewer asked Mr. Munawwar Hasan if this was the form of justice Islam and Qura’an upholds, since due to the very same Hudood ordinance the number of females accused of adultery is upto 80%, to which he asks the interviewer to recite the ‘Shahadah’ and become a Muslim again, since he questioned the Qura’anic teachings. According to Mr. Munawwar Hasan, Islam discourages such crimes (ofcourse it does). But Mr. Hasan goes as far as to say that “if the woman cannot bring four witnesses (which she cannot), she should not demand justice”. And to imagine their agenda is to uphold shariah and Qura’anic ways in the country.
The most remarkable thing in this video is that the interviewer practically cornered Mr. Hasan, seeking no way out, he ‘blamed’ it all on the Qura’an and ‘revoked’ the status of the interviewer as a Muslim. During this short clip, Mr. Hasan failed to produce any verse or Hadith from the Qura’an, rather he claimed this happened ‘during the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him)’ the age long claim of the religious groups. If they cannot prove something from the holy texts they refer to the ‘times of the Prophet (peace be upon him)’ and make up stories which they know no one can claim.
Islam is a complete religion. It upholds justice and social values, therefore creating a peaceful society. But unfortunately, people like him have distorted the image of this beautiful religion. No one can question them as they are the ‘final authority’ over Islam. Islam upheld the status of women in society, but after viewing this video one might be forced to think otherwise.
In Islam such issues which are related with the dignity of men and women have been strictly emphasized upon in the Holy Qura’an.
[33:58] And those who malign believing men and believing women for what they have not earned shall bear the guilt of a calumny and a manifest sin.
[33:59] O Prophet! tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers that they should draw close to them portions of their loose outer coverings. That is nearer that they may thus be distinguished and not molested. And Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.
[33:60] If the hypocrites, and those in whose heart is a disease, and those who cause agitation in the city, desist not, We shall surely give thee authority over them; then they will not dwell therein as thy neighbors, save for a little while.
[33:61] Then they will be accursed. Wherever they are found, they will be seized, and cut into pieces.
– Surah Al Ahzaab
Though these self-proclaimed scholars fail to see such instruction in the Holy Qura’an. Rather they create their own version of Islam and portray it as the real deal. May God keep us protected from their shenanigans.